Commissioners wanted for the Criminal Cases Review Commission

The Commission’s role is to investigate and review cases where it is alleged that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred in relation to conviction, sentence or both. Publicly appointed Commissioners are the organisation’s decision makers in casework, which means they play a vital role in casework, being directly responsible for deciding whether or not particular convictions or sentences should be referred back to the courts. The Commission is entrusted with the exercise of wide-ranging, and sometimes intrusive, statutory powers.   

Commissioners are supported by senior managers, legal and investigations advisers, casework and administrative staff. Investigations are mainly carried out by Commission staff but the Commission can require others, such as the police, to carry out investigations on the Commission’s behalf. Commissioners remain directly responsible for decision taking with regard to individual cases as set out in the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 (the Act).

The Act prescribes that at least one third of Commissioners, shall be legally qualified. The Act also prescribes that at least two thirds of Commissioners shall be persons who appear to the Prime Minister to have knowledge or experience of any aspect of the criminal justice system.

The Commission’s Board, led by the Chair, is responsible for governance, setting strategic direction and holding the executive to account. Commissioners support the Chair and Chief Executive in setting the Commission’s strategic direction within the wider criminal justice policy framework set by Justice Ministers.

Person Specification

You must be able to demonstrate:
1. Integrity, fairness and Independence of mind and sound judgement.

2. Intellectual capacity with the ability to make evidence-based decisions;

3. Ability to assimilate and analyse large quantities of complex information summarising it succinctly;

4. Ability to challenge assumptions and question stakeholders/ colleagues;

5. The ability to work in an intensive IT based environment.

Remuneration: Daily remuneration of £358
Time Requirements: Time requirements will be explored at the interview stage.
Closing Date: 05/09/2016 at 12:00
Interviews: End October, Beginning November 2016

Additional Information

Please note that if you are successful, we will invite you to take part in a critical reasoning test and a scenario group exercise, which will be overseen by the selection panel; both these test will take place on the same day and prior to the interview, which will take place around a week later. You may be asked to start the interview with a short presentation.
Closing Date Noon 5 September 2016

How to Apply

To apply, please send:
A copy of your CV
• A supporting letter of no more than two sides that evidences how you meet all the criteria. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the criteria required for the role. Your supporting letter should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet the criteria (including what you did to achieve a specific result).
• Please ensure you include preferred daytime, evening and mobile telephone numbers, as well as a preferred e-mail address, which will be used with discretion.
• You should also complete the separate supporting documents providing any political activity, conflicts of interest, public appointments currently held and the names and contact details of two referees. Please note referees will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview.

Applications should be sent to:
Reference Number: PAT150013-CCRC-COMMISSIONERS

Supporting documents 2016
CCRC-Candidate Pack 30 June

OCPA Regulated

This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments